KLOPFENSTEIN. Delman Lee, infant son of Arthur and Alice Klopfenstein, was born Jan. 14, 1930, and passed away the same day. He leaves his sorrowing parents, his twin sister (Donna Maria), grandparents, great-grandparents,and many other relatives. Short services were held the following day at the home in charge of Bro. S. D. Grieser. Interment in Petisville (Ohio), cemetery.
HESS. Henry Jr., son of Henry L. and Stella May Hess, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 18, 1929; died 21 days later. Those mourning the loss of this little jewel are the parents, two sisters, besides the grandparents (Bro. and Sister Menno L. Hess and Bro. and Sister ____ May), and a number of other relatives. Funeral services were held Jan. 11, conducted by Bros. Samuel L. Oberholtzer and Noah W. Risser. Text, Luke 18: 16. Interment in Risser's Cemetery.
LANDIS. Samuel R. Landis was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Oct. 2, 1848; died Dec. 7, 1929; aged 81 y. 2 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage to Catherine Moyer, who preceded him in death forty-five years ago. This union was blessed with six children. One preceded him in death. He was married to Sarah Moyer, his second wife, who survives him. He also leaves 5 children, 26 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother. He was ill about two weeks, burt confined to his bed but one day. He will be greatly missed in the home and Church. He found much delight in the service at the house of the Lord. He was a regular attendant at worship when health permitted. Services were conducted at the home by Bros. Henry Clemmer and Jonas Mininger, and at the Lower Salford church by Bros. R. A. Alderfer, A. G. Clemmer, and P. C. Clemens. Text, Prov. 10: 7.
MILLER. Moses J. Miller was born in La Grange Co., Ind., Apr. 29, 1844. He lived in this country all his life and died at the home of his son-in-law, Bro. Milo Hooly, with whom he made his home since the departure of his wife (three years ago), with whom he had shared the joys and sorrows of life for nearly 62 years. He was united in the holy bonds of matrimony with Elizabeth Miller on Apr. 9, 1865. To this union were born 8 children, 3 of whom preceded him in death. Surviving him are 5 children, 32 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church, lived a devoted Christian life, and fell peacefully asleep on Jan. 9, 1930, at the ripe age of 85 y. 8 m. 11 d. Funeral services at the house by J. Y. Hooley and the Forks Church by J. Y. Hooley and D. J. Johns. Burial in the Bontrager Cemetery.
BLOUGH. John A., son of the late Jacob D. Blough and father of Pre. Harry C. Blough, was born Sept. 8, 1871; died Jan. 20, 1930; aged 58 y. 4 m. 12 d. He leaves his widow (Emma Jane Gashaw Blough), nine children, 6 grandchildren, 6 brothers, and 1 sister. One grandchild and two sisters preceded him in death. He was a member of the Mennonite Church for about thirty-five years. His place in church was seldom vacant as long as health permitted. He was a man of a pleasant disposition and took a great interest in his family. He suffered a great deal during the past year from a disease that skilled physicians could not cure. From the evidence he gave, we believe that he is now where severe pain and death will never come. Funeral services were conducted at the Blough Church by Bros. S. G. Shetler, L. A. Blough, and James Saylor. Interment in cemetery near the church.
ESHLEMAN. Ida Catherine (Strite) Eshleman died Jan. 2, 1930, after a lingering illness of one year and two months; aged 70 y. 5 m. 8 d. She bore her affliction patiently. Her many friends marveled at the cheerful spirit she manifested when being visited. Even the Doctor said, "She is a dear old soul," which made it hard for him to deny her some privileges she so much desired. She was a consistent member of Reiffs Mennonite Church and a regular attendant until she became afflicted. She is survived by her husband (Joseph H.), one son (George S.) and three daughters (Mrs. Phares Witmer, Mrs. Lewis S. Martin, and Mrs. J. E. Martin). She will be greatly missed. We realize "One mother is all He gives," and "The place will ne'er the same be since mother is no more." It was so hard to part with her; but God knows what is best and we want to be submissive to His will and say, "Thy will be done." It was so hard to part with her; but God knows what is best and we want to be submissive to His will and say, "Thy will be done." Services were conducted at the home and at Millers, by Brethren M. K. Horst and Daniel Strite. Text, Prov. 31: 31. Burial in the adjoining cemetery. The Family.
LUND. David Solomon, son of August E. and Barbara (King) Lund, was born in Livingston Co., Ill., Feb. 9, 1868; died at his home in Gladstone, Oreg., Dec. 23, 1929, after an illness of nine weeks; aged 61 y. 10 m. 14 d. He was united in marriage in Beaver City, Nebr., to Maggie Peoples, Aug. 25, 1896. He and his wife were baptized into the Baptist Church near Oberlin, Kans. A son (Robert), a brother (Samuel), a sister (Mary), and parents preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by his companion, 6 children (Albert Lund, Mrs. Edna Adams, Fred Lund, Mrs. Ruth Woods, George, and Lila), 5 grandchildren, two sisters (Josephine A. wife of Jacob Wittrig, and A. Caroline, wife of Joseph Birky), besides many relatives mostly in the East. During his affliction he often said he was going home and lastly that he was going to heaven. Funeral services were held at the chapel in Oregon City, Dec. 24 by W. T. Williken. Text from John 14. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery.
"Dearest brother, thou hast left us,
And thy loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God, who hate bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal." By his Sister.
SENSENIG. Edna Hollinger Sensenig, oldest daughter of Bro. and Sister Henry and Hettie Hollinger, was born Nov. 17, 1905; died at the home of her parents near Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 23, 1930, of a lingering illness of tuberculosis; aged 24 y. 2 m. 6 d. On Dec. 24, 1927, she was united in marriage to Bro. Noah W. Sensenig. To this union was born one little daughter (Janet), who has gone on before. In her youth she was converted, being a faithful member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church. She was of a quiet and peaceful nature, and her sweet disposition won for her a large circle of friends, which was plainly shown during her eighteen months' illness. When she realized her departure was nigh at hand, she told her loved ones, "Don't cry; I want to see you smile." And with a smile on her face she quietly passed away. She leaves her sorrowing husband, her parents, five brothers, three sisters, two nieces, and one grandfather. Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at the home by Bro. Ira Landis, and at the Weaverland Church by Bros. Noah L. Landis and I. B. Good. Text, Luke 23: 28. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the better land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we'll understand." An Aunt.
ROGGIE. Christian, son of the late Bishop Jacob and Catharine (Zehr) Roggie, was born Oct. 5, 1855; died Jan. 5, 1930, after an illness of about five days of lobar pneumonia. He was married to Mary Noftsier, Sept. 15, 1880. She preceded him in death, Jan. 29, 1922. One daughter also preceded him. He leaves 3 sons, 7 daughters (Joseph, John, Samuel, Mrs. David Stein, Mrs. Andrew M. Zehr, Mrs. Joseph J. Moshier, Mrs. Samuel Moshier, Rose, Veronica, and Martha); also 15 grandchildren (two by adoption), 3 sisters and 4 brothers (Mrs. Daniel Moser; Mrs. Philip Moser, Mrs Joseph M. Zehr, Joseph, Jacob, Andrew and John). He was ordained to the ministry at about twenty-eight years of age, in which office he faithfully served the Lord and Church, holding services the Sunday prior to his death. The text he often quoted is Tit. 2: 11 13. May we all live as he taught and follow his example. He was a kind, loving father, a man of few words, and had many friends. He will be greatly missed in the home and in the Church. He lived on a farm near Belfort, until three years ago when he moved near Crogham, N. Y. Funeral services were held at the home and at the church. Interment in the Kirschnerville cemetery.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Lonely are our hearts to-day;
For the one we loved so dearly
Has forever passed away." The Family.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah.
MILLER. Florence M., daughter of Clarence P. and Ada Miller, died at the Lancaster General Hospital after a week's illness of septicaemia; aged 12 y. 2 m. 17 d. She is survived by her parents, three brothers, and one sister (Betty, Richard, Robert, and Clarence). Services were held Jan. 1, at the Millersville, Pa., Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Jacob Hess and Daniel Gish.
"Tis lonesome here without her,
And sad the weary way,
For life is not the same to us
Since she is called away." Parents
HESS. Henry L. Hess, Jr., came to add happiness to the home of Bro. Henry and Sister Stella Hess on Dec. 18, 1929, near Elizabethtown, Pa.; he passed away after 8 days of suffering, Jan. 8, 1930. He is survived by his parents, 2 sisters (Minerva and Naomi), 4 grandparents, uncles, aunts and 8 cousins. He is the first of the circle of cousins in heaven. We humbly say, "Thy will be done." Services at the home by Bros. Samuel Oberholterzer and and Noah Risser. Tests, Luke 18: 15, 16; Cant. 6: 3. Interment in Risser Cemetery.
"A little flower of love,
That blossoms but to die,
Transplanted now above,
To bloom with God on high." Grandma.
MYERS. Mary K. Myers (nee Fretz), widow of the late Mahlon H. Myers, died Jan. 10, 1930, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Bro. and Sister Titus H. Moyer, Perkasie, Pa.; aged 74 y. 1 m. 12 d. She had been bedfast for more than five months. She was a native of Campden, Ont., and came to Bucks Co., Pa., as the bride of Bro. Myers 57 years ago. To this union were born 11 children, of whom 5 survive. She also leaves two sisters and a brother. Funeral services were held from the Moyer residence Jan. 15, with concluding services at the Deep Run Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Moyer, Histand, and Wismer.
"My earthly labors have an end,
I've found a better home.
Where I with many loving friends,
Will gather round the Throne."
SHENK. Mary Ann Shenk died at the Mennonite Old People's Home Dec. 25, 1929, of several strokes; aged 81 y. 6 m. 4 d. She was a member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church for many years. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. David Wolgemuth, Irvin, Samuel, Phares; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Dec. 27, at the Mennonite Home, and at Eliazabethtown Mennonite Church, conducted by Bro. Simon Garber, and Bro. Noah Risser. Text, Psa. 116: 15. Burial in the Mount Tonnel Cemetery, Elizabethtown.
"Another aged sister
Is sheltered in the grave.
He needed one more saint above,
Amidst His shining band.
And so He bent with loving smiles
And clasped our sister's hand."
MILLER. Catharine Miller was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, April 22, 1858; died near Berlin, Ohio, Jan. 14, 1930; aged 71 y. 8 m. 22 d. In her youth she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she remained a faithful member until death. On Jan. 11, 1880, she was married to Alexander Miller, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of life for a period of over 45 years, or until Oct. 19, 1925, when he was taken from her side by the hand of death. To this union were born three sons and seven daughters. One daughter preceded her to the glory world. She leaves three sons, six daughters, 24 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and a host of other friends and neighbors. Funeral services were conducted by the Brethren Calvin Mast and Simon W. Sommer on Jan. 16, at the home and in the Bunker Church. Burial in near by cemetery.
KREIDER. Abraham, son of Elias and Magaret Kreider, was born Oct. 20, 1864, near Wadsworth, Ohio; died Jan. 7, 1930, at his late home near Wakarusa, Ind.; aged 65 y. 2 m. 17 d. On Dec. 6, 1894, he was married to Mary B. Good, who was called home Oct. 4, 1918. To this union were born one son and one daughter. On Dec. 28, 1924, he was again married to Eva Blosser, who tenderly cared for him in his last years. He leaves his deeply bereaved wife, and one daughter (Mrs. Alvin Eberly), two grandchildren, four brothers, and two sisters. The son and two grandchildren preceded him in death. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and was a member of the same until death. Funeral services were held from his late home in Indiana, after which the body was brought to Ohio, his former home, where further services were held at the Guilford Church. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
KEIM. Rebecca Keim, daughter of Simon and Sarah Zook, was born in Noble Co., Ind., Sept. 5, 1860; died at her home in Topeka, Ind., Jan. 28, 1930; aged 69 y. 4 m. 23 d. She was one of a family of six children, all of whom preceded her to the great beyond except two brothers (Enos and Rufus). She united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in early girlhood and remained a faithful member through her entire life. She was united in marriage Dec. 10, 1893, to John Keim of Topeka, who died Feb. 29, 1928. Becky, as every one called her, was a kind, jolly, and generous friend and was loved by all who knew her. She leaves to mourn her departure two brothers, two uncles (J. D. Zook and Ezra Morrell), one nephew (Forest L. Zook), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 30, conducted by Oscar S. Hostetler and Edwin J. Yoder. Text, Col. 3: 4. Interment in the Maple Grove Cemetery.
CERONI. Pearl, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Lincoln Shockey, was born March 16, 1893; died Jan. 27, 1930; aged 36 y. 10 m. 11 d. She was united in marriage to Andrew Ceroni Nov. 14, 1917. To this union were born two sons (Mervin and Paul). She with her husband united with the Mennonite Church near Freeport, Ill., Dec. 14, 1919, of which congregation she has been a devoted and faithful member, ever manifesting a quiet and sympathetic disposition, being a kind and loving wife and mother. Her health condition had not been normal for some time, but her death came very suddenly because of heart failure, which was a shock to her husband, children, and many friends. Those left to mourn her sudden departure are the husband, two sons, father and mother, one brother, and many friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 29, conducted by J. S. Shoemaker and S. E. Graybill. Texts, John 14: 2, 3; II Cor. 5: 1; Heb. 13: 14.
WEAVER. John M. Weaver was born Sept. 14, 1855; died Jan. 14, 1930, at his home near New Holland, Pa.; aged 75 y. 4 m. He was first married to Susanna Martin. To this union were born 1 son and 4 daughters, all surviving. His second wife, who before marriage was Mary (Fox) Zimmerman, also survives. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. His sudden death was a shock to all, he having contracted blood poison caused by a wound which he received from a fall just one week previous. He will be greatly missed by the family and in the community in which he lived. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 18 at the home by Bro. Moses Horning and at Weaverland Church by Bros. John Sauder and Frank Hurst. Text, I Sam. 20: 3. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"However painful it may be
To know that he is gone,
The thought is sweet that we may see
Him in the heavenly home." By a Niece.
PETERSHEIM. Gideon J. Petersheim was born in Marshall Co., Ind., Aug. 10, 1864, shortly after which his parents moved to Johnson Co., Iowa, locating on a farm in Sharon Twp., where he grew to manhood and lived until 1911, when he moved to Kalona, where he lived the rest of his life. On Nov. 29, 1887, he was united in marriage to Lydia Bontrager, living together in matrimony 42 years. In his youth he united with the Mennonite Church in which faith he died, leaving a bright testimony that all is well, and making all funeral arrangements a few months before he died. Bro. Petersheim was a good neighbor, always ready to send a helping hand as long as health permitted. He quietly passed away at his late home, Jan. 22, 1930, at the age of 65 y. 5 m. 12 d. Those of the immediate family that are left are his loving companion, one daughter (Mrs. S. W. Yoder), one son (Rollin), and six grandchildren, besides one brother (Jacob J.). He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters. Funeral services were held at East Union Church, and burial in the East Union Cemetery, conducted by Bros. Joe C. Brenneman and D. J. Fisher.
HEISER. Adina Ida (King) Heiser was born near Groveland, Ill., May 23, 1868; died at her home near Foosland, Ill., Jan. 30, 1930; aged 61 y. 8 m. 29 d. At the age of 16 she accepted Christ, united with the Mennonite Church, and remained faithful to the end. On Jan. 31, 1888, she was united in marriage to Peter Heiser. To this union 3 children were born. With the exception of about 23 years spent near Groveland, Ill., she spent all of her life where she resided at the time of her death. Her health began to fail about 3 years ago and about 2 weeks ago her condition became serious. She bore her suffering patiently, death being due to a complication of diseases. She leaves her husband, three sons (Samuel, Aaron, and Silas), 5 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Adam, Chris, Simon, and John); 1 sister (Eva Wagler), and many other relatives and friends. Four sisters and one brother preceded her in death, also three half-brothers and three half-sisters. Funeral services were held at the East Bend Mennonite Church by Bro. Samuel Zehr in German and Bro. J. A. Heiser in English. Texts, Psa. 90 and I Thess 4: 13, 14. Interment in East Bend Cemetery.
SWARTZ. Bro. Amos Swartz was born April 16, 1842, in Waterloo Co., Ont.; died at his late home near Fentress, Va., Jan. 25, 1930. Bro. Swartz was married to Sister Fannie Heuther, Dec. 29, 1868, with whom he walked life's pathway just a little over sixty-one years. Sister Swartz survives him. The Lord blessed this union with 12 children, seven of whom passed on before. Bro. Swartz was converted in the spring of 1885 and he and his wife were received into membership in the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church on June 21, 1885. Having moved to Norfolk, Va., Bro. Swartz assisted in the organization of the Mt. Pleasant congregation of the Mennonite Church about twenty years ago and remained a loyal member of the same until called home by his Lord. Surviving members of the family, besides his wife, are five children (Simon, Mrs. Zelda Schlieter, Mrs. Maude Edney, Mabel, and Leslie); two brothers (Abram and Simon), one sister (Mrs. Aaron Devitt), 11 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the home and the Mt. Pleasant Church on Jan. 27, in charge of the home ministers, Bros. C. D. Bergey and S. H. Brunk, assisted by Bro. Daniel Shenk of Denbigh, Va., and ____ Stables, pastor of the local Methodist Church. Text, I Pet. 1: 3, 4. Interment in the church cemetery.
STAUFFER. John L. Stauffer was born Feb.
27, 1861, in Folgensburg, Alsace, France; died Jan. 19, 1930;
aged 68 y. 10 m. 23 d. In 1866 he moved with his parents to America
where they made their home in Illinois until 1878, when they moved
to Seward Co., Nebr. On Dec. 25, 1882, he was married to Barbara
E. Roth of Flanagan, Ill. They resided near Milford until 1910,
when they with their family moved to Tofield, Alta., where he
lived until the time of his death. This union was blest with 11
children: nine daughters-Katie Bender, Lizzie (deceased), Emma
Stalter, Anna Maurer, Barbara Yoder, Mary (deceased), Millie Yoder,
Lily (deceased), Ida King, and two sons-Benjamin and Nickolas,
both deceased. He leaves his companion, 6 daughters, 1 daughter-in-law,
28 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. All the living children
were present at the funeral except Emma Stalter of Gridley, Ill.
Three daughters, 2 sons, 3 grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters
preceded him in death, he being the last in the family. He accepted
Christ as his Savior in 1876 and remained faithful until death.
The cause of his death was nephritis. His sickness lingered for
several months, during which time he received many visits from
relatives and friends which he appreciated very much. Services
were conducted at the home and at the church by Bros. J. K. Lehman
and M. D. Stutzman. Texts, II Cor. 5: 1-5; Jas. 4: 14. Interment
in cemetery nearby.
"How peacefully lay our father sleeping,
Calmly upon our Saviour's breast,
And we will strive to cease our weeping
For we know our father is at rest."
SHETLER. Leona Shetler was born Jan. 19, 1908, near Centralia, Mo.; died Dec. 20, 1929; aged 21 y. 11 m. 1 d. On Dec. 3, she left home with her sister and family to spend the winter with her brother in California because of her health. On the way she had the misfortune of having a slight fall, which hurt her spine, although she did not know it. That night she complained of headache and in five days passed away in a tourist camp, near Seymour, Texas. She died four hours before her parents reached her. She was unconscious most of the time. Some of her last words were, "The angels are watching over me," "Who believes on Jesus shall be saved." She united with the Amish Mennonite Church at the age of thirteen years and remained faithful till death. Two years ago she told her mother she was ready to die any time the Lord should call her. Her health was failing for over four years. She expressed herself as being willing to suffer if it would draw others nearer to God. She spent most of her time at home with her parents, where she will be greatly missed. She leaves father, mother, 4 brothers, and 4 sisters (Mrs. David Albrecht, Mrs. Emanuel Albrecht, Clarence, Ezra, Marion, Josephine, Jacob W., and Anna Marie); also 7 nieces and 3 nephews, besides many other relatives and friends. Two infant sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Pigeon River Church, near Pigeon, Mich., in charge of Bros. M. S. Zehr and Edwin Albrecht. Text, Rev. 22: 1 7; I Sam. 20: 3.
"How peacefully lay our sister sleeping,
Calmly upon our Savior's breast,
And we shall strive to cease our weeping,
For we know Leona is at rest."
HERSHEY. John B., Jr., son of John B. and Adaline (Reist) Hershey, Manheim, Pa., died Jan. 19, 1930; aged 10 y. 4 m. 1 d. His death was caused by appendicitis. On Monday, Jan. 13, he had been to school. The next morning the doctor was called for and his advice was followed. On Thursday morning he was taken to the Lancaster General Hospital, but he seemed too weak to undergo an operation. All was done that medical aid and human hands could do, but it pleased the Lord to call him home on Sabbath morn. So by His grace we submit and say, "Thy will be done." Although of tender years, he had confessed his Savior at a series of meetings held at Erb's Church by Bros. J. W. Weaver and John S. Hess during November. He was much concerned about his classmates in public and Sunday schools. He often read his Bible from early youth, and was memorizing the 23rd Psalm when he passed away. May the calling away of our dear little John be the means of drawing us all closer to heaven and heavenly things. He leaves his parents and these sisters and brother; Catherine, living with her grandmother; Mary, wife of Noah W. Kreider; Florence, wife of Floyd G. Risser; Cora, wife of Harold K. Book; Jacob and Mildred, at home. He also leaves three grandparents: Catherine Hershey, and Bro. and Sister Jacob D. Reist. Funeral services were conducted Jan. 22, from the late home by Bro. Isaac Brubaker and at Erb's Mennonite Church by Bros. Isaac Brubaker, Jos. Boll, and John S. Hess. Texts, Eccl. 12: 1; Job 14: 2. Burial in cemetery adjoining the church.
"We weep, though not in bitterness
Ours not the tears of gloom;
No thoughts but those of tenderness,
Shall glisten round his tomb."
GERBER. Magdalena, daughter of Christian and Phoebe Sears, was born Dec. 7, 1866, near Morton, Ill.; died at the Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, Ill., Jan. 10, 1930; aged 63 y. 1 m. 3 d. On Dec. 30, 1886, she was united in marriage with the late Bishop Samuel Gerber of Tremont, Ill., who preceded her in death Oct. 28, 1929. In her childhood she moved with her parents to near Tiskilwa, Ill., at which place she lived until the time of her marriage. It was during the early part of her life that she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, uniting with the Mennonite Church near Tiskilwa, Ill., and living a faithful Christian life until the end. Being deprived of her health for a number of years, she bore it all patiently, being resigned to the Master's will at all times, even up to the last when it was decided advisable to perform a goiter operation, which was performed only several hours before her death. She leaves two sons and three daughters (Rosa, Mrs. Martha Wubben, Otto, Menno, with whom she made her home the past year, and Mrs. Ruth King); also 8 grandchildren, three brothers and five sisters (Mrs. David Bachman, D. W. Sears, Chris Sears, S. R. Sears, Mrs. Asa Ropp, Mrs. Jos. Springer, Mrs. John Forney, Mrs. Charles Culp), and a host of other relatives and friends who mourn the loss of a loving mother, sister, neighbor, and friend. Funeral services were held on Jan. 13 at Pleasant Grove Church near Tremont, conducted by Bro. Jos. D. Hartzler of Flanagan, Ill. Interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to look more bright,
Since the spirit of our loved ones
Took their happy homeward flight;
And we long to cross the river,
Long to rest upon that shore.
There to see, and know, and love them.
With the Savior evermore."
HERSHBERGER. Milton E., son of Elias and Elizabeth Hershberger, was born near Salisbury, Pa., April 30, 1870; died at the Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md., Jan. 12, 1930; aged 59 y. 8 m. 12 d. He was married to Catherine, daughter of the late Bishop Daniel and Elizabeth (Yoder) Beachy of Aurora, W. Va., Sept. 1, 1898. Unto them was born one son (Donald) who, with the bereft companion, are the survivors of the immediate family. He was an outstanding example of manhood, both mental and physical, and his efforts, whether in manual labor or mental effort were of exceptional efficiency. With the exception of the closing years of his life he was blessed with health and strength which falls to the lot of comparatively few. The deceased brother taught school successfully in his younger years, but for his temporal life work he chose farming, first as a tenant of the old homestead, then owned by his parents, and shortly thereafter, he purchased part of the same farm, on which he and his favored companion erected a comfortable residence, which they were permitted to occupy together to his death. He engaged in farming as long as strength permitted, doing most of the outdoor labor himself, though he might have served in less strenuous lines of endeavor with credit, for which he would have been eminently qualified. The writer noted, respected and loved this trait of character in the departed brother, that he did his full share of farm labors, at home and in the community, --that he did the common labors of common life uncommonly well, when he might have chosen easier and less arduous kinds of endeavor, as so many do. As an associate in childhood, in young manhood, and throughout the years to the close of his life, the writer knew the brother as one who was most exceptional in freedom from the coarse, the vulgar and the uncouth in spoken word or through suggestion. His speech was generally that of few but well-chosen words. In young manhood days he wrote in the writer's album. "The hardest thing to keep in this world is to keep still;" and this he often meditated upon, as checking up well with the example the deceased exemplified. He united with the Amish Mennonite Church in young manhood, in which communion he died. He experienced perhaps less bodily suffering or lack of means that falls to the portion of most mortals, throughout the major period of his life, yet in the closing years of life he too was called to "pass under the rod"-that chastening dispensation of affliction which bids us take leave of the things of earth. Of the parental family of the deceased the following survive: Joel (deacon of the Amish Mennonite Church), Harvey, Ida (wife of Bishop Christian W. Bender), Ada, Cora (wife of Christian J. Bender). Two sisters, Annie (wife of Peter D. Shetler), and Sarah (wife of Jonas D. Yoder), preceded him into eternity. Five brothers and sisters died in infancy and early childhood. Evidently health was being undermined and broken down to a greater extent than the brother realized prior to an acute attack, but more than a year ago he was affected in a manner and degree which was quite grave, since which time he declined in health, due to weak heart, hardened arteries, and high blood pressure. Just before Christmas he suffered hemorrhage of the nose, and it was necessary to call in the physician to stop it. Following this a mastoid abscess developed and it was with some hope of relief through operation that he was taken to the hospital. But as his condition did not improve nor justify it, this could not be resorted to and his condition became worse until death ended his sufferings. Funeral was held at the Oak Dale meeting house near Salisbury, Pa., Jan. 14, conducted by Noah Brenneman in German (from Job 14: 15) and by the writer in English from Phil. 3. Appropriate remarks were also added in German by Moses M. Beachy. J. B. Miller.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah
DOMBACH. Lydia Ann (Herr) Dombach was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 24, 1848; died Dec. 29, 1929; aged 81 y. 4 m. 5 d. She leaves her aged husband (Henry H. Dombach), 1 son (B. Frank), 6 grandchildren. One daughter (Ella Rohrer) preceded her in death fifteen years ago. She was a regular attendant at the Mountville, Pa., Mennonite Church, when health would permit. Her last days were spent in weakness due to her age. She was a devoted companion, a kind mother and neighbor. Funeral services were held at Habecker's church, in charge of Bros. J. C. Habecker and J. K. Charles. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
BRUBAKER. Fanny C. Brubaker, widow of Jacob L. Brubaker, was born Oct. 10, 1843; died Jan. 25, 1930; aged 86 y. 3 m. 15 d. She was a daughter of Pre. Christian Herr of Millersville, Pa. She had a stroke and died about twenty-four hours later without regaining consciousness. She is survived by three sons, also grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Rohrerstown Mennonite Church for many years, but stayed away from communion the last several years. May this be a warning to us to be ready. Funeral at Rohrerstown Mennonite Church, conducted by Bros. Landis Shertzer and Seth Ebersole. Text, Matt. 24: 42 44; Mark 13: 33 36.
BRUBACHER. Agnes Lorene, only daughter of Abner and Arminta Snyder Brubacher, was born near New Hamburg, Ont., July 5, 1929; died Jan. 13, 1930. She leaves besides her parents, one brother (Vernon), 3 uncles, 7 aunts, 2 grandfathers, and 1 grandmother. One grandmother (Lavina Snyder) preceded her in death. She suffered only a few days from grippe. Funeral services were held at the house by Osias Cressman and at Biehn's church by Curtis Cressman. Text, II Sam. 12: 23. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"The little crib is empty now,
The little clothes laid by.
A mother's hope, a father's joy
In death's cold arm doth lie."
TROYER. Marjorie Maxine, oldest daughter of Chris E. and Cora Troyer, was born Jan. 18, 1926; died Dec. 21, 1929; aged 3 y. 11 m. 3 d. Her death was due to chicken pox which developed into septicemia and pneumonia. She was sick only nine days. She suffered much but was patient through it all. She often asked when she could go to Jesus. She leaves father, mother, 1 sister (Lois Darlene) and 3 brothers (Paul Lamont, Cleo Robert, and Wilbur Ray), 1 grandmother, and a host of other relatives and friends. Her two grandfathers and one grandmother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek church, conducted by Bros. John Y. Swartzendruber and J. L. Hershberger. Text, Mark 10: 14.
"Precious darling, she has left us,
Left us, yes, forevermore,
But we hope to meet our Marjorie
On that bright and happy shore."
PETERSHEIM. Leah S. Petersheim was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 30, 1835; died at the home of her daughter Sara, Feb. 6, 1930, from a complication of diseases; aged 94 y. 2 m. 6 d. She leaves 3 daughters: Nancy (Mrs. Isaac J. Lapp); Barbara (Mrs. John C. Stoltzfus); and Sara (Mrs. Sol. J. Stoltzfus). She also leaves 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was married to Abram Petersheim seventy-two years ago. She was a member of the Amish Church since youth and found much delight in the services at the house of the Lord, always being present when health permitted. Funeral services were held at the home by John L. Fisher and Christian B. Glick. Interment in Millwood Cemetery. "Auntie's lights are out in her mansion of clay, The curtains are drawn, the dweller's away; The rocker is vacant, the glasses laid by, She has gone to meet the summons on high."
SHOVER. Gabriel Shover was born at Staunton, Va., March 16, 1862; died at Alpha, Minn., Feb. 2, 1930; aged 67 y. 10 m. 16 d. He was in failing health for some time. He went to the Basinger Hospital where he underwent a serious operation which terminated in his leaving this house of flesh. At the age of 21, he moved to Cullom, Ill., where he was united in marriage to Mary Amacher. To this union were born 8 children, two of whom preceded him in death (Mary Jane and Cora Isabelle). His wife also preceded him in death by about four years. He leaves 6 children (Lily, Gilbert, Bertha, Fred, Zola Beseke and John). Funeral services were held at the home and at the church in charge of Bros. N. E. Landis and C. J. Garber. Texts, Heb. 9: 27, 28; Eccl. 8: 8; 1 Pet. 1: 24. Interment in the Riverside Cemetery.
RHEINHEIMER. Christian Rheinheimer was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., March 22, 1866; died at his home near Middlebury, Ind., Feb. 4, 1930; aged 63 y. 10 m. 12 d. On May 18, 1890, he was married to Nettie Miller, who preceded him in death by five weeks. To this union were born 12 children, five of whom preceded father and mother in death. The surviving are: Clayton, Willis, Samuel, Mrs. Raymond Good, Carl, Mary, and Mrs. Ledger Yoder. He was afflicted with leakage of the heart for a number of years and the past several months suffered greatly. He was a member of the Forks Mennonite Church for a number of years. Besides children and grandchildren, he leaves 1 brother (Jacob) and 1 sister (Mrs. Jacob Hostetler). Funeral services were held at the Forks church by Bros. Amos Nusbaum and D. D. Miller.
"Sweetly sleep, dear father,
With loved ones gone before;
May we all prepare to meet him
On yonder peaceful shore."
BAUMAN. Mary Bauman, oldest child of Mrs. Lydia Ann Bauman, was born Oct. 29, 1886; died at the home of her mother, Kitchener, Ont., Feb. 1, 1930; aged 43 y. 3 m. 2 d. She leaves mother, 2 sisters, and 7 brothers: Isaiah of Elmira, Norman, Irvin, Silas, and James of Columbiana, Ohio; Edmund and Louida of Toronto; Saloma and Oliver at home. She was predeceased by her father, Silas Bauman. She left with the good hope of the Gospel in her soul. She left behind a life that proved her faith real. She will be missed. Her life was devoted to Christ, her home, and others with whom she came in contact. She was loved. During her illness of six months, the flower vase was never empty in her room. She received many other tokens of appreciation. She asked that all her friends be remembered at the funeral. She then made arrangements for her funeral, and awaited the grim messenger of death with Christian courage. She fell asleep peacefully. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. C. F. Derstine, assisted by Bro. Oliver Snyder, Elmira, Ont. Text, II Cor. 4: 17, 18.
WIDMER. Kenneth Keith, son of C. M. and Emma Widmer, was born Aug. 16, 1917, at Albany, Oreg.; died of pneumonia, Feb. 3, 1930; aged 12 y. 5 m. 18 d. His father preceded him in death, Dec. 8, 1919. He leaves mother, 2 sisters (Ruth and Claretta), grandparents (Bro. And Sister C. R. Widmer and Bro. and Sister Daniel Brenneman), besides many other relatives and friends. He was a dutiful boy of pleasing personality and was held in high esteem by his associates. When he was approached during his sickness about giving his heart to Jesus he said that he thought about it many times and accepted Jesus as his Savior from whom he received much comfort. May we patiently submit to Providence who guides our destinies. Funeral services were held at the home of Dan Brenneman and at the Albany church by Bro. Milo Kauffman (text, Job 17: 11) and Bro. N. A. Lind (text, I Cor. 15: 14 21). Interment in Riverside cemetery.
"Dear Kenneth, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy trials and cares are o'er,
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow
Never shall molest thee more." Grandfather
GRIESER. Benjamin Grieser was born in Baden, Germany, July 2, 1860; died at his home in Beemer, Nebraska, February 2, 1930; aged 69 years, 7 months. In 1879 he came to America living in Illinois for six years. In 1885 he moved to Fulda, Minn., at which place he was married to Anna Oswald. Here they lived until the spring of 1902, when they moved to Cuming Co., Nebr., where he lived ever since. Early in life he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he lived and died a triumphant death. In his last days of suffering he expressed a desire to depart this life and to be at home with Christ where suffering is unknown. He was a very active worker in the Church and Sunday school. He was permitted to see some of the fruits of his labors before his death. He leaves his wife, 6 sons and 6 daughters (Mrs. J. R. Miller, Mrs. John Waters, Mrs. Simon Birky, Mrs. David Erb, Mrs. Menno Erb, Mrs. Julius Kerler, Jacob O., Peter R., Simon, Chris, Bennie, and Daniel). He also leaves 39 grandchildren and 4 sisters (Mrs. Fannie Bertsche, Mrs. Phoebe Hauler, Mrs. John Bernath, and Mrs. Katie Niersthiemer). His parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 1 son preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the house and at the church in charge of Bros. Joseph Schantz, Dan Birky, and P. O. Oswald. Text, Jno. 5: 24. Interment in the Beemer cemetery. The Scripture readings, text, and songs were chosen by Bro. Grieser before his death. We mourn not as those who have no hope.
YODER. Rebecca King Yoder, daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Kanagy) King, was born Jan. 1, 1845; died at her home, West Liberty, Ohio, Dec. 12, 1929; aged 84 y. 11 m. 11 d. Her death was due to hardening of the arteries from which she suffered intensely; yet she spoke several times of being willing to suffer for Him who suffered so much for her. Her health had been failing for several years and when the crisis came, it found the body so weak the small spark of life was soon snuffed out. Although all was done that friends and physicians could do to lengthen her stay with us, she passed peacefully away to the home where she longed to go and to her Maker. On Jan. 23, 1868, she was united in marriage to Christian S. Yoder. Eight children were born to this union. One son (O. C.) and a daughter (Alta) preceded her in death. In her youth she united with the Amish Mennonite Church in Lawrence Co., Pa., and remained faithful till the end. Although her sight failed very greatly toward the last, she was often found very intensely reading her Bible as long as her eyes would permit. She was patient in her affliction. She was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her, but especially by her companion who expressed himself as having lived together with her happily for nearly sixty-two years. She leaves 4 sons (Frank, Oliver, Lee, and Elmer), 2 daughters (Mrs. C. H. King and Mrs. Joe Oesch), 41 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the South Union church in charge of Bros. A. I. Yoder and John Y. King. Interment in the Yoder Cemetery on the Ludlow road.
Our Mother dear has left our home,
We see her face no more;
Yet in our hearts her love we feel
More than in days of yore.
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MILLER. James J. Miller, infant son of John and Niva Miller, was born near Aurora, Ohio, Jan. 30, 1930; died Feb. 5, 1930; aged 6 days. The spark of life was too feeble to cope with the demands of earth and so he quietly fell asleep to awake no more on the shores of time but in the presence of Jesus. He leaves father, mother, 4 brothers, 3 sisters. Services were conducted by Bro. E. B. Stoltzfus. Text, II Kings 4: 26. Interment in the Plainview Cemetery.
FRY. Annie E. Fry, wife of the late Martin V. Fry, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. C. Stouch, Lancaster, Pa., Feb. 3, 1930, of a complication of diseases; aged 85 y. She leaves one son (I. Oliver) and one daughter (Margie Stouch) with whom she resided. It was during the early part of her life that she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, uniting with Graybill's Mennonite Church, East Donegal, Pa. Services were held at the home of her daughter in charge of Bros. John Charles, Jacob Hess, and John Mosemann. Interment in Lutheran Cemetery, Maytown, Pa.
DILLER. Bro. Jacob S. Diller was born Feb. 12, 1852; died at his home near Chambersburg, Pa., where he lived for many years, Feb. 16, 1930; aged 78 y. 4 d. He was a member of the Mennonite Church almost sixty years and was a faithful member unto the end. His companion preceded him to the spirit world 20 years ago. He is survived by 7 sons, 4 daughters, 17 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 19 by D. E. Kuhns, J. S. Burkholder and H. E. Shank at the Chambersburg Mennonite Church. Text, Num. 23: 10. Burial in the cemetery adjoining the church.
BECHTEL. David Jancy, son of William Henry and Effie (Weaver) Bechtel, near Goshen, Ind.; died Feb. 8, 1930 after four days of intense suffering from Spinal Meningitis; aged 2 m. 8 d. He is survived by his parents, two sisters (Mary Elizabeth and Catherine Lois), two brothers (Clarence LeRoy and Edgar Weaver), three grandparents (John B. Weaver, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob H. Bechtel). The home being quarantined, brief services were held at the grave by Bro. Noah Wenger on Feb. 9, 1930. Interment in the Yellow Creek Cemetery.
"A little flower of love,
That blossoms but to die,
Transplanted now above
To bloom with God on high." Parents
YODER. Fannie Hostetler Yoder was born Aug. 12, 1862; died Feb. 5, 1930; aged 67 y. 5 m. 15 d. She was a daughter of David and Ann Hostetler. During her girlhood she moved with her parents to Allensville, Pa., where she lived till the time of her death. She was married to Menno H. Yoder, who with one daughter (Mrs. Levi Hartzler) survives. She also leaves 4 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. Rhoda Hartzler), and 1 brother (Joseph R.). She accepted Christ as her Savior in youth and remained faithful until death. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases from which she suffered for almost two years. Funeral services were held in the Allensville Mennonite Church by Bros. Jonas D. Yoder and Enos Hartzler. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
WELTY. Benjamin Welty was born in Wayne Co., O., July 7, 1862; died of pneumonia and heart failure Dec. 23, 1929; aged 67 y. 5 m. 16 d. In his youth he joined the Swiss Mennonite Church, to which he remained a faithful member until death. On Dec. 10, 1885 he was married to Mary Ann Baumgartner. To this union one son was born. The mother also died of pneumonia, Jan. 15, 1896. On Dec. 10, 1900, he was again married to Lina Gerber, who preceded him in death, Jan. 22, 1922. He was of a quiet disposition and was ready to meet his Savior. He leaves his son (David), 1 grandson, 3 brothers (John, Daniel, and Reuben), 2 sisters (Sarah and Mrs. Dan Bixler), also a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Sonnenberg Church in charge of C. N. Amstutz and Simon W. Sommer. Text, I Cor. 15: 5.
MOWRER. Fannie Kreider Mowrer, wife of John M. Mowrer, was born Feb. 8, 1864; died Dec. 9, 1929, at her home in Lampeter, Lancaster Co., Pa., of a complication of diseases after an illness of six months; aged 65 y. 10 m. 1 d. She bore her affliction patiently and always greeted every one with a smile. She was a member of the Willow Street Mennonite Church for many years. She leaves her husband, 5 daughters, 2 sons, and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home by Bro. Jacob Harnish and at the Willow Street Mennonite Church by Bros. Frank M. Herr, Christian Brubaker, and John Mosemann. Texts, Heb. 9: 27; 1 Cor. 15: 22. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"Our Mother has gone to rest.
Her toils and sorrows are o'er;
Tho' we know she dwells with the blest,
Our hearts are weary and sore." The Family.
FRANCK. Henry H. Franck was born March 7, 1866; died at his home where he was born near Lititz of a complication of diseases, Dec. 10, 1929; aged 63 y. 9 m. 3 d. He was a son of the late Henry S. and Susanna Hess Franck. He was a farmer all his life. On Oct. 8, 1891, he was united in marriage with Emma K. Stauffer, who with two children, Eleanor S. and Henry Jr., remains to mourn the loss of a beloved husband and kind father. He is also survived by a brother and sister. He was a member of the Hess Mennonite Church near Lititz. He endured his suffering with patience and was ready to answer the summons home. For thirteen weeks he was on an invalid chair day and night. Funeral services were held in the home in charge of Bros. Noah Landis and John S. Hess. Interment in Hess cemetery.
"Softly and peacefully, father passed away,
From earth to heaven to make his stay.
Long and patiently he waited for the call
And now in heaven he is waiting for us." By the family.
STRONG. Joel Strong was born Dec.20, 1851, in St. Lawrence Co., N. Y.; died of the infirmities of old age, at the home of his son Earl, in Surrey, N. D., Feb. 13, 1930; aged 78 y. 1 m. 23 d. At the age of 24 he was married to Florence Gotham; to this union 3 children were born. They moved to Minnesota and lived there for some time; in 1904 they moved to Ward Co., N. D., where he has since resided. He was the youngest of a family of seven children. The others preceded him in death. His wife passed on before, almost thirteen years ago. A son and a daughter died in infancy. He leaves one son, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, neighbors, and friends. In 1915 Bro. Strong confessed Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, sealed his vow by water baptism in a class of ten, and was received in full fellowship in the Mennonite Church, which faith held till death. Services were conducted at the Fairview Mennonite Church near Minot on Feb. 16 by L. S. Glick, assisted by William Wrey. Text, Job 7: 9, 10. Interment in the church cemetery.
WEAVER. Salome, daughter of the late Abraham and Hannah Blosser, was born July 2, 1856, near North Lima, Ohio; died Jan. 24, 1930, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Bro. and Sister Harry R. Showalter, near Columbiana, Ohio; aged 73 y. 6 m. 22 d. On Nov. 8, 1877, she was united in marriage to David L. Weaver, who preceded her in death almost 18 years. To this union were born 5 daughters and 1 son (Agnes, Mrs. Ira C. Horst, Mrs. Harry R. Showalter, Mrs. John Horst, and Edwin) all of Columbus, Ohio. One daughter preceded her in death 14 years. She also leaves 16 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 sisters (Miss Kate Blosser, Mrs. Sarah Kurtz, and Mrs. Henry Liembaugh), 1 brother (Eli Blosser), besides many relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Mennonite Church, of which she was a faithful member until death. During her long illness of complication she bore her sufferings patiently, when on Jan. 24 she was called to her eternal home. Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at the Mennonite Church conducted by Bros. Daniel Witmer and Mose Horst. Text, Jno. 16: 20. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
ZIMMERMAN. Bishop Benjamin F. Zimmerman, youngest son of Peter and Barbara (Hess) Zimmerman, and last surviving member of a family of eleven children, was born April 4, 1851, in York Co., Pa.; died at his home near Shiremanstown, Pa., Jan. 31, 1930; aged 78 y. 9 m. 27 d. He was married to Mary Eberly, Nov. 4, 1873. He engaged in farming, in which occupation he was active until in recent years, when he became enfeebled by failing health. In 1887 he was ordained to the ministry to serve the Slate Hill Mennonite Church, Cumberland Co., Pa. In 1892 he was ordained to the office of bishop, serving in Cumberland Co., and in parts of York Co., until recent years when he became incapacitated by advancing years. At this time his work as bishop was assigned to Bishop Noah H. Mack of New Holland, Pa. During the last fifteen months of his life he was not able to attend church. He firmly believed the entire Word, trusted in the atoning merits of Christ, and rejoiced in the glorious hope of the Church. He leaves one daughter, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Funeral services at the Slate Hill Church were conducted by Bro. Noah H. Mack, assisted by Bros. Samuel Hess, John Mosemann, and others.
LONGACRE. John H., son of the late Christopher Longacre, was born at Ming, Montgomery Co., Pa., April 15, 1838, and resided in the immediate locality during his long life; died Feb. 12, 1930; aged 92 y. 9 m. 14 d. He accepted his Savior in years gone by and was baptized and received into the Mennonite Church. He was a man of more than ordinary physical stamina. In his last years, however, his activities were somewhat hampered by impaired eyesight. He seemed to have a premonition of his departure, for just before his last sickness he told the family that his end was near. Two daughters, (Fannie, wife of Aaron Fink, and Lizzie, wife of Samuel Puhl) preceded him to the glory world. The following children with his companion survive: M. Jennie, wife of Jacob L. Stauffer; Sallie, wife of Jacob D. Funk; and Emma, wife of J. Clayton Kolb; also 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Providence Mennonite Church by Bro. Henry M. Johnson, assisted by H. S. Replogie of the Green Tree Brethren Church. Texts, Psa. 48: 14 and Psa. 73: 24.
"The eternal Shepherd still survives,
New comforts to impart;
His eye still guides us, and His voice
Still animates our hearts."
ROHRER. Barbara Leamon Rohrer was born in Manheim township, Pa., Dec. 17, 1851; died at her home in Mechanicsburg Dec. 13, 1929. Nov. 14, 1872 she was united in marriage to David B. Rohrer. To this union were born three children. She leaves her husband, 1 daughter (Mrs. Henry H. Nolt), 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, 3 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. Two sons preceded her in death. She will be greatly missed in the community in which she lived, and in the church. She was afflicted almost six weeks but endured her sufferings patiently, even cheerfully. She was a consistent member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church and a regular attendant as long as she was able. It was hard to part with her but God knows what is best and we want to be submissive to His will. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 17 at the home by Bro. Elmer Martin, and at the Landis Valley Church by Bros. Abram Martin and Noah Landis. Text, II Cor. 2: 15, 16. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"Through all pain at times she'd smile,
A smile of heavenly birth;
And when the angels called her home
She smiled farewell to earth.
Heaven retained now our treasure,
Earth the lonely casket keeps;
And the sunbeams love to linger
Where are sainted mother sleeps."
CONRAD. Verena Graber, daughter of Peter and Katherine Graber, was born in ____ France, June 14, 1846; departed this life at the home of her daughter, near Sterling, Ill., Feb. 9, 1930; aged 83 y. 7 m. 25 d. She was the third in a family of ten children, and the last to depart this life. In the year 1865 she was married to Christian Conrad of Switzerland. To this union ten children were born, as follows: Anna, Katherine, Fannie, Christian, Peter, Lena, John, Joseph, Jacob, and Mary. All of the children were born in Switzerland with the exception of Mary. In 1886 they left their home in Switzerland and came to America, landing in New York about April 1. They came directly to Wayne Co., Ohio, locating on a farm near Sterling. Here in a new world in a new way with new surroundings and new friends, they with hard labor and rigid economy made for themselves a home in this land of larger opportunities. Here, too, a shadow was cast over the home when death claimed the husband and father in 1889. The truth of the old saying "A friend in need is a friend indeed" was verified in the way the neighbors and friends came to the assistance of the widowed mother and her large family. Mention could be made of Bro. C. Z. Yoder, Abram Burkholder and others who with material aid and wise counsel gave valuable assistance in this trying experience. The family resided here for nine years. Then the mother and four of the younger children moved to Noble, Iowa. In 1895 she was married to John Conrad. He passed away in 1908. In 1919 she with her daughter Lena came to Sterling, Ill., to make their home. She is survived by the following children: Mrs. J. H. Conrad, Sterling, O., Mrs. Daniel Graber, Noble, Ia., Christian M., Sterling, O., Peter H., Wayland, Ia., Lena, Sterling, O., John D., Sterling, O., Jacob G., Venice, Calif., and Mary, with whom she had her home. There are also thirty-five grandchildren and twenty-eight great-grandchildren. At the age of eleven she felt the need of a personal Savior and confessed Christ. After committing to memory the eighteen articles of Faith, she was admitted into the Church by water baptism and was acknowledged as a member of the body of Christ. Education was little thought of in her day, and the Bible held first place in the literature of the home. Her mother tongue was German and she also spoke French fluently. She never acquired the English language sufficiently to converse with her American friends. The beauty of her life and the ever present smile on her face won for her many friends. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 11 by her pastor. Text, Psa. 23.
*Transcribed by Terri Harper, Utah